Aug. 29, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State's Michael Snaer, the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 ACC Tournament, has been named a pre-season First Team All-American by the editors of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Snaer averaged a career-high 14.0 points and made a career-high 67 3-point field goals in leading the Seminoles to their first ACC Championship, their school-record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and to a 25-10 record during the 2011-12 season.
Snaer is the first Seminole in school history to earn pre-season First Team All-American honors.
Snaer was named to Blue Ribbon's First Team All-America team along with center Cody Zeller of Indiana, forward Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State, forward Doug McDermott of Creighton and guard Peyton Siva of Louisville.
"I have always thought of All-American awards as team awards," said Snaer. "Because without a great coaching staff and great teammates that make-up a program, no player can believe that he can be an All-American by himself. Coach Hamilton and his staff have put our team in position to reach goals that we have only dreamed of during our careers. This is a great honor but this is a new season and we have to work harder than we ever have before to reach our goals because the goals we have set are higher than they have ever been."
Snaer earned All-ACC Second Team, was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team (by the ACSMA and the ACC coaches), earned All-ACC Tournament First Team honors and was named to the All-District IV Team by the US Basketball Writers Association. Snaer was the national leader in 3-point buzzer beating game-winning baskets with two during his junior season. He made buzzer beating 3-point shots in the Seminoles' victory over then No. 4 Duke on Jan. 21, 2012 as the Seminoles defeated the Blue Devils, 76-73, stopping Duke's 45-game home winning streak. His second came in the Seminoles' win at home against Virginia Tech which rallied Florida State to a 48-47 win on Feb. 16, 2012.
"This is a tremendous honor for Michael," said head coach Leonard Hamilton. "Michael is the leader of a core group of veterans on our team that will need to lead a young and inexperienced group of players this season. Michael had a great season as a junior, he is our most experienced returner and his leadership is going to be invaluable to our younger players during the upcoming season. We have improved each season with Michael on our team and we expect that improvement to continue this season."
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